RG Big Data

The Research Group

How does Big Data influence current research and how does it help to acquire new scientific insights? What are definitions of this term in different disciplines? How does work with 'big data' differ from work with 'small data'? Does Big Data transform individual disciplines, methods, results, and resources? This research group investigates how science is developing in an age preoccupied with large data sets and how Big Data creates new insights in the various disciplines.


In particular we are interested in

1) the scientific landscape. What kind of transformations do we observe among disciplines and subdisciplines and what, after all, do we mean by the term Big Data in different fields of investigation?

2) methods. What methods are employed in order to gain new insights based on Big Data? How do these methods differ from 'Small' Data? Which new methods are developed and which are becoming obsolete? What methodological challenges and advantages result from large data sets?

3) questions. How does Big Data reset the questions which we (may) ask? And how does this new kind of data analysis influence our research findings?

4) the research landscape. Is "modern" research becoming more strongly tied to specific centres of excellence that can afford the technical equipment for the analysis of Big Data?

5) data resources. How should Big Data be managed in terms of sheer size? Are data resources becoming more homogenous or diverse?



  • Carina Schmitt


    Carina Schmitt
    Political science
    Universität Bremen
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  • Simon Lentner

    Simon Lentner
    Mathematics / Theoretical Physics
    Universität Hamburg
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  • Miriam Akkermann

    Miriam Akkermann
    Musicology/Sound Art
    Universität Bayreuth
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  • Alexander Danzer

    Alexander Danzer
    Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
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  • Evelyn Runge

    Evelyn Runge
    Political Science / Media and Cultural Studies / Journalism / Photography
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
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  • Jule Specht

    Jule Specht
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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  • Ronny Thomale

    Ronny Thomale
    Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg
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  • Jennifer Girrbach-Noe

    Jennifer Girrbach-Noe
    TNG Technology Consulting GmbH, Unterföhring
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  • Marc Helbling

    Marc Helbling
    Political Science
    Universität Bamberg
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  • Tobias Kümmerle

    Tobias Kümmerle
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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  • Jakob Macke

    Jakob Macke
    Neurosciences/ Machine Learning
    Technische Universität Darmstadt, Centre for Cognitive Science
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  • Ulrike Endesfelder

    Ulrike Endesfelder
    Max-Planck-Institut für terrestrische Mikrobiologie & LOEWE Zentrum für Synthetische Mikrobiologie
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  • Christian Stein

    Christian Stein
    Literature, Linguistics and Informatics
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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  • Dirk Pflüger

    Dirk Pflüger
    Universität Stuttgart
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  • Tobias Bollenbach

    Tobias Bollenbach
    Biological Physics / System Biology
    Universität zu Köln
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  • Diana Göhringer

    Diana Göhringer
    Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
    Technische Universität Dresden
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  • Bettina Keller

    Bettina Keller
    Theoretical Chemistry
    Freie Universität Berlin
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  • Xiaoxiang Zhu

    Xiaoxiang Zhu
    Remote Sensing and Earth Observation
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Institut für Methodik der Fernerkundung (IMF)
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  • Jonas Peters

    Jonas Peters
    Mathematics, Statistics
    University of Copenhagen (Dänemark)
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  • Timo Rademacher

    Timo Rademacher
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
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